GADCC-Caraga conducts ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN City – In time with the International Women’s Day celebration, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) of Caraga Region, chaired by Commission on Human Rights Regional Director Marylin Pintor, initiated the “Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan”, March 9, at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

Men and women were observed enjoying the trade fair, ukay-ukay, massage and spa, medical mission, legal counseling, parlor games, and other leisure activities.

Atty. Pintor acknowledged the presence of women from different sectors, who remain active and continuously improve their capacities for the development of the community especially in getting involved in good governance.

During the activity, Atty. Pintor and Vice Chair Edna Hontiveros of the Forward Filipina Inc, handed over the plaques of recognition to the Outstanding Women of the Year, namely Epifania Antoquia of Barangay Antongalon), as Department of Agriculture 2012 Most Outstanding Rural Woman; and Helen Dumayas, a retired GAD Focal Person of the Department of Budget and Management -Caraga.

Fire Sr. Insp. Ray Antonio Restauro of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Caraga reiterated that the month of March is considered Fire Prevention Month of every year since this month has recorded several fire incidents.

“BFP is continuously conducting information dissemination to the public on the prevention of fire everywhere,” he further said while distributing fire safety information leaflets.

F/Sr. Ins. Restauro likewise announced that in case of fire and other emergency situations, his office can be reached through the BFP hotline number: 160 or 342-8217.

Ms. Diosita Andot of the Mindanao Commission on Women, who keynoted the event, emphasized the vital role of women in decision-making, fighting against corruption and good governance.

This year’s Women’s Month is anchored on the theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”. (JPG/PIA-Caraga/asf)

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